Prepare to die from… laughter? One of PlayStation’s greatest hits, Twisted Metal, is being adapted into a live-action series.
Twisted Metal will stream on Peacock, starring The Falcon and The Winter Soldier actor Anthony Mackie. The series is officially labeled as a comedy. As reported by The Verge last year, there were rumors that a vehicular combat-themed show was in the initial stages of production. The live adaptation of Twisted Metal will be produced by Will Arnett (Murderville) and Michael Jonathan Smith (Cobra Kai).
Smith announced on his Twitter account that he is very excited to bring Twisted Metal to life. Each episode of the PlayStation Productions series will have a run time of 30 minutes and it will “attempt to make the audiences laugh.” Here is a synopsis of the show:
Twisted Metal, a half-hour live-action TV series based on the classic PlayStation game series, is a high-octane action comedy, based on an original take by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Deadpool, Zombieland) about a motor-mouthed outsider offered a chance at a better life, but only if he can successfully deliver a mysterious package across a post-apocalyptic wasteland. With the help of a trigger-happy car thief, he’ll face savage marauders driving vehicles of destruction and other dangers of the open road, including a deranged clown who drives an all too familiar ice cream truck.
PUTTING THE PEDAL TO THE TWISTED METAL
For those that have never even heard of Twisted Metal, here is a little background information. First released in November of 1995, Twisted Metal is a series that involves combat between modified and armored vehicles. During its lifespan, the series sold over 5 million copies worldwide. The latest installment of the franchise was released in 2012, which was also supposed to be the year of its first motion picture, but unfortunately, that project never saw the light of day.
With an emphasis on destruction, the game had a wide variety of vehicles and weapons. From ballistic missiles to machine guns, players had to choose a character and take it into an arena to engage in combat with other characters. This was all part of Calypso’s Twisted Metal tournament that was hosted once a year. The winner of the tournament would be granted one wish.
There is no release date yet for the series. Currently, there are several other PlayStation projects under development. Just last week, Uncharted made its official debut on the big screen. The treasure-hunting thriller came in with a 10-day domestic box office total of $83.3 million dollars, staying in the number one spot for two weeks straight (and likely to lose that spot to “The Batman”). If everything goes according to plan, this year will also mark the debut of “The Last of Us” which is currently well under production and set to premiere on HBO Max. Another huge PlayStation hit to earn a live-action adaptation is the “Ghost of Tsushima” but not much is known about it.
As a HUGE fan of the Twisted Metal franchise, I hope that the show doesn’t forget its roots. It’s a little hard to imagine that this post-apocalyptic show will put comedy first instead of the action second, but if it’s well done, then I don’t have a problem with it. Characters like Sweet Tooth and Calypso could have their dose of foul-mouthed comedy banter with other characters, but I hope that this adaption keeps the most important thing front and center: violence.
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Source: The Verge